Ranger Rick Magazine Photographer Of The Year Is Joanna Pinneo

Informative and spectacular eye-popping photographs earn photographer top honors

05-10-2013 // Christina Batcheler

Ranger Rick magazine and the National Wildlife Federation are proud to announce that Joanna Pinneo, of Boulder, Colorado, has been named winner of the Ranger Rick Photographer of the Year award. This award is given to the photographer who best advances the mission of the magazine with exciting, informative, and spectacular eye-popping photographs.

Pinneo’s photos appear this year in major stories in Ranger Rick magazine and capture a wide range of events including: a snow sculpture contest featuring wildlife ice carvings in Colorado, a look at a boy’s life of fishing, boating and alligator-watching on a Louisiana bayou and a camp for budding veterinarians in Mississippi.

“If it involves children and nature, Joanna is there to photograph it for Ranger Rick magazine,” says Mary Dalheim, editorial director of Ranger Rick and Ranger Rick Jr. magazines at the National Wildlife Federation. 

“She is a true Ranger Rick trouper. She will trek for days by foot or horse to keep up with the kids. Regardless of the mud, insects, heat, cold, snow, or rain Mother Nature has in store it never stops her from finding the photo that will tell the story for the Ranger Rick reader,” adds Dalheim.

Joanna is a dedicated storyteller whose work is published internationally and characterized by her ability to capture subtle and revealing moments while respectfully portraying the humanity and dignity of people and cultures all over the world. Her enthusiasm for showing the connection between children and the natural world makes her a fitting partner for National Wildlife and Ranger Rick.

Joanna doesn’t merely document these trips through her images; she takes an active approach by engaging with the people in each of her stories. This level of commitment brings an even greater richness to her stories and brings the readers deeper into the experience. “They make me feel like I’m right there in the adventure,” shared one reader about Joanna’s work.

Along with this distinction, Joanna receives a $1,000 prize and an announcement in the May 2013 issue of Ranger Rick.

Ranger Rick is the award-winning nature magazine for children ages 7 and up and has delighted kids for more than 45 years. It is published by the National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest conservation organization dedicated to protecting wildlife for our children’s future. The mission of Ranger Rick is to inspire in its readers a greater understanding of the natural world, a deep love of nature and wildlife, and a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship.

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